Jewish Holidays

Traditional Jewish Holidays & Celebrations

jewish holidaysIn conjunction with the numerous Jewish Holidays which are interspersed throughout the calendar, we hold events that provide the traditional experiences of each holiday.   These events are both enjoyable and educational.  They offer great opportunities to learn more about the laws and deeper meanings of these important days. These celebrations are so impactful as they keep us connected to our roots and give us the real flavor of each of these Holidays.


 Upcoming Jewish Holidays

Chanukah (Commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Syrian-Greeks and the miracle of the Menorah at the rededication of the Temple)

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 (First candle is lit after sundown) – Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Purim (Jolly festival commemorating the defeat of Haman’s plot to annihilate the Jews, in 4th Century BCE Persia)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (At Sundown) & Thursday, March 1, 2018

Passover – First days (Commemorating the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt and their liberation from in slavery in the year 1313 BCE)

Friday, March 30, 2018 Passover begins at sundown (1st Seder)

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – Day 1 of Passover  (2nd Seder)

Sunday, April 1 2018 – Day 2 of Passover

Passover – Last days

Thursday, April 5, 2018 Yom Tov begins at Sundown

Friday, April 6, 2018 1st day Yom Tov

Saturday, April 7, 2018 2nd day Yom Tov (Yizkor is said)

Shavuot (Pentecost: Celebrating the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai)

Saturday, May 19, 2018 – Shavuot begins at sundown

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – Day 1 of Shavuot

Monday, June 21, 2018 – Day 2 of Shavuot (Yizkor is said)

Tisha B’Av (Fast day commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem)

Saturday, June 21, 2018 (Fast begins at Sundown0

Sunday, June 22, 2018

Rosh HaShanah (The Jewish New Year begins with ten (10) days of penitence.)

Sunday, September 9, 2018 – Rosh HaShanah starts at sundown

Monday, September 10, 2018 – Day 1 (First day of Rosh HaShanah)

Friday, September 11, 2018 – Day 2 (Second day of Rosh HaShanah)

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement: The most solemn of the Holy Days devoted to prayer and fasting)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – Yom Kippur starts at Sundown

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – Yom Kippur (Yizkor is said)

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles: Jews are commanded to dwell in temporary shelters as their ancestors the Israelites did in the desert after the exodus from Egypt)

Sunday, September 23, 2018 – Sukkot starts at sundown

Monday, September 24, 2018 – Day 1 (First day of Sukkot)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – Day 2 (Second day of Sukkot)

Shemini Atzeret (Conclusion of Sukkot)

Sunday, September 30, 2018 – Holiday starts at sundown

Monday, October 1, 2018 – Shemini Atzeret (Yizkor is said)

Simchat Torah (Celebrates the conclusion of the year-long cycle of reading the Torah – the Five Books of Moses – and renewing the cycle)

Monday, October 1, 2018 – Simchat Torah starts at sundown

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 – Simchat Torah

Shabbat (Sabbath)

Observance begins every Friday at sunset concluding at nightfall on Saturday.

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Our most recent Holiday Events

Lag Baomer 2017Passover

Passover 2017

Purim

Purim 2017

Chanukah

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Pre Rosh Hashanah

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Pre Shavuot

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Lag B’Omercafeyehudipicnic

Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day of the counting from Passover and the Exodus from Egypt to its culmination at the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai on the holiday of Shavuot. This day has particular significance as the anniversary of the death of the holy Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. He is well known as a great sage of the Tannaitic era as well as the author of the Zohar. It is also a day of celebration due to the stoppage of a plague that decimated the ranks of the students of the holy sage Rabbi Akiva. The celebrations include various interesting customs. Please join us for an enjoyable gathering and find out what is behind some of the prevalent customs of the day.